Research strategy 2014-2019

Sightsavers’ vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes, and where people with visual impairments and other disabilities can participate equally in society.

High-quality evidence and research play a key role in helping us achieve these aims. By setting out this five-year strategy, Sightsavers aims to emphasise the importance of research evidence to achieving its organisational goals and provides guidance to its staff, partners and other stakeholders on why and how it will do so.

Gathering and disseminating sound research evidence is the best way of ensuring our programmes demonstrate scalable and cost-effective approaches that meet the needs of the people they are designed to serve. Research evidence is also a strong tool for advocating with governments and policy-makers.

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Sightsavers and disability rights
Edith with Atugonza, one of the graduates of the Connecting the Dots programme.
Sightsavers blog

Why tackling disability discrimination is key to employment projects

As part of our Connecting the Dots project in Uganda, we tested a new way of boosting employment rates by influencing communities, families and businesses to act more positively toward people with disabilities.

Edith Kagoya, June 2021
An illustration showing a group of people of different ethnicities, standing together. The people are pictured wearing brightly coloured clothes. One of the people in the group is a wheelchair user.

Sightsavers study highlights gaps in research into disability discrimination

The study looked at interventions that have been used to tackle stigma, and highlighted gaps in the evidence base. Researchers are now calling for more effort to be put into filling these gaps.

June 2021
Sightsavers from the field

“Taking photos helps people to understand our problems”

People in Nigeria with diseases affecting the skin have shared their photos as part of a research project into how these conditions can be better managed.

May 2021